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#nowsmoking: Perdomo 20th Anniversary Sun Grown Epicure Cigar Review

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#nowsmoking Classic Edition: Perdomo 20th Anniversary Sun Grown Epicure Cigar Review

Perdomo 20th Anniversary Sun Grown Cigar Review – Epicure (Toro)

Factory: Tabacalera Perdomo – Estelí, Nicaragua
Strength: Medium – Full
Size: 6″ x 56
Wrapper: Cuban seed Nicaraguan Sun Grown
Binder& Filler: Cuban seed Nicaraguan (Estelí, Condega, Jalapa)
All tobaccos are aged eight years, followed by 10 months of bourbon barrel aging.

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Where It’s At

First, give me the back story. . .

The Perdomo 20th Anniversary selection made its debut in 2012, and is offered in three varieties: Connecticut, Sun Grown, and Maduro, with the latter two being Nicaraguan puros. All Perdomo 20th Anniversary cigars are blended with prime tobaccos that have been carefully aged for a minimum of eight years. They are then aged an additional 10 months in vintage bourbon barrels.

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In 2014, Cigar Journal awarded the line a “94” score, and named it “Nicaraguan Cigar of the Year.” The Sun Grown also earned a “93” from the Journal, as well as several other 90+ ratings from the media. Plus, from my experience in talking to other cigar smokers, the Sun Grown also seems to be the most popular.

Like all of the 20th Anniversary Sun Grown selections, the Epicure features a gorgeous Cuban-seed Nicaraguan Sun Grown wrapper. The core blend consists of higher-priming, Cuban-seed Nicaraguan binder and long-filler tobaccos. The bourbon barrel aging process also brings out more of the rich, earthy flavors in the tobaccos. When lit, they reveal a rich woody character that leaves a subtle note of bourbon-laden oak on the finish.

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#nowsmoking @famoussmokeshop: The Perdomo 20th Anniversary Sun Grown Epicure cigar is blended with prime, eight-year-aged Nicaraguan tobaccos additionally aged in bourbon barrels. The smoke offers dominant notes of oak and cedar along with sweet spice, toasted almonds, and more.

In addition to the Epicure reviewed here, Perdomo 20th Anniversary Sun Grown cigars are also available in the following sizes: Churchill (7″ x 56); Corona Grande (6½” x 48); Robusto (5″ x 56); Gordo (6″ x 60); and Torpedo (6½” x 54).

Let’s talk construction. How well is it made?

Perfectly. The wrapper is flawless, even in color throughout and seamlessly rolled. No soft spots or veins in sight. The cigar is finished with a clean, triple seam cap, and after clipping offers a perfect draw.

So, how does it smoke?

Smooth and creamy. The pre-light offers some leather and a hint of bourbon barrel oak. Once lit leather, cedar, and oak are revealed followed by sweet spice and some light pepper. The pepper fades quickly, and you can also taste that little nip of bourbon from the barrel on the finish.

#nowsmoking Perdomo 20th Anniversary Sun Grown Cigar Review by John Spisak

In Act II, a toasted almond note enters the frame, which John picked-up in early on. I also noticed some coffee bean in the mix, but John did not. We did agree that the cedar and oak dominate for the most part, but offered enough wiggle room for the additional flavors to evolve. Retrohales, done at various intervals were creamy and woody.

By Act III, the body and strength shifted into top gear, yet were far from overpowering. A ribbon of sweet spice prevailed, while the smoke remained copious and creamy. Moreover, even in the final inches, the cigar never turned bitter.

What are the primary flavor notes?

Leather, cedar, oak, sweet spice, toasted almonds, and coffee bean.

#nowsmoking Perdomo 20th Anniversary Sun Grown Cigar Review by Gary Korb

So, is it complex?

Very much so. The flavors had an excellent ebb and flow throughout and maintained an excellent balance. We never knew what was going to arrive or depart next.

What drinks can I pair with it besides coffee?

John and I both agreed that bourbon and single malt Scotch would do well by this cigar. For the wine enthusiasts, try it with a good Cab or Pino Noir. For a mixed drink, a Manhattan or Daquiri should do just fine.

#nowsmoking Perdomo 20th Anniversary Sun Grown Cigar Review by Gary Korb and John Spisak

(See our cigar pairing guide for more suggestions.)

Tell me who this cigar is for. 

Practically any cigar smoker with at least a little experience. For newbs, I’d say start with the 20th Anniversary Connecticut. Yet what I like about the Sun Grown is, it’s the happy medium between the Connecticut and the Maduro. Perhaps that’s why it cuts across palates of every experience, and what makes it so popular.

Bottom line: Is it humidor worthy?

Yes, and not only for its flawless quality and bevy of rich flavors. At $9.25 for a single (at press time), the Perdomo 20th Anniversary Sun Grown Epicure is also reasonably priced. (A box of 24 takes it under $8.00.) Plus, with its 6″ x 56 dimensions, you’re getting a lot of cigar for the buck. I’ve been smoking this cigar for years and I’ve never had a klunker. That’s why it’s still one of my all-time, Top-10 cigars. I hope you get a chance to try one soon.


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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and Executive Editor of Cigar Advisor. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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